About Tough Mountain Challenge
» The Race:
Based at Sunday River Resort in western Maine, the Tough Mountain Challenge is an adventure obstacle race that tackles alpine terrain and throws in natural and man-made challenges to mix things up. It's just 5k in length, but when you're running up a mountain under an arsenal of snowguns or scrambling through a steep ravine it will feel much longer and live up to its name. The Tough Mountain Challenge is a timed event, but it's not about whether you finish first or last - it's about testing yourself and pushing your limits then celebrating your accomplishment with the rest of the field once you cross the finish line.
The Tough Mountain Challenge is limited to 3,500 competitors which are spread out in heats to keep the race from feeling too crowded and ensure everyone has a great time. For kids, we also run a Mini Mountain Challenge race.
Spectators are encouraged to come join in the fun and have free access to the venue, BBQs, beer tents, and Friday night party. Recommended course access and viewing for spectators is marked on the course map.
Our FAQ page is loaded with more details, and you can get a sense of the event from past competitors on our Facebook page.
» Big Ass Bash & Express Check-in ~ Friday, July 25 @ 7pm
Party your ass off before the mountains kicks it! Tough Mountain weekend kicks off on Friday night with express check-in for racers between 5 and 9 p.m. then the Big Ass Bash pre-event party goes from 7 to11 p.m., complete with fireworks at 8:45 p.m., local favorite Shut Down Brown playing funk and grove and a full-on rock show with Guns N' Roses tribute band November Rain. The party and concerts are free and open to everyone, and everything is based at South Ridge Lodge.
» Event Schedule:
Friday, July 25
- 5 -9 pm Express Check-In
- 7 -11 pm Big Ass Bash event pre-party and concert
- 8:45 pm Fireworks
Saturday, July 26
- 7 am-2pm Competitor Check-In
- 7 am-2 pm Mini Mountain Challenge registration
- 8 am First Heat
- 8 am Bars and Food Court open
- 8 am Kids Corner opens with face painting, bounce house, ring toss, and basketball toss
- 10 am Outdoor BBQs open
- 10:30 am Foggy Goggle Bar/Restaurant opens
- 3:15 pm Mini Mountain Challenge
- 4:30 pm Awards
» The Venue:
Check-in, course start and finish, food, entertainment, and all other activities are based at South Ridge Lodge at Sunday River, and spectators will be within walking distance of many of the most popular obstacles. The base lodge will be open throughout the day with seating, bathrooms, food, bag storage and other services, and on-site day care will be available. Parking is plentiful, and free.
The Tough Mountain Challenge is the centerpiece of an all-day event at Sunday River ski resort that includes outdoor music, barbecues, a beer garden, and a full range of activities including chairlift rides, ziplines, hiking, lift-serviced mountain biking and more. If you'd like to make it a full weekend you'll find lodging on site with special rates for competitors, a spa and a world-class golf course.
The town of Bethel and the surrounding Western Maine region has lots to offer including canoe trips and fishing on the Androscoggin River, tons of hiking, plenty of options for lodging and restaurants, and more.
Sunday River offers two full-service hotels with pools and health clubs, plus a comfortable inn and hundreds of condominiums located right at the resort. We'll have special lodging deals available for Friday and Saturday nights for all Tough Mountain competitors:
Bethel and the surrounding area have numerous lodging options as well.
We welcome volunteers interested in helping with the event. Volunteer shirts are typically four hours or less, and all volunteers will receive a t-shirt and lunch. Please email us if you are interested in helping or would like to learn more.
A variety of options are available for sponsorship and corporate presence at the event. Please contact us for more information.